About December 4

December 4, 2021 is the 338th day of the year 2021 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 27 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Saturday.

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Sagittarius is the sun sign of a person born on this day. Turquoise is the modern birthstone for this month. Onyx is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 59 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

What Happened On December 4

  • 1674
    Father Jacques Marquette founds a mission on the shores of Lake Michigan to minister to the Illiniwek (the mission would later grow into the city of Chicago, Illinois).
  • 1783
    At Fraunces Tavern in New York City, US General George Washington formally bids his officers farewell.
  • 1791
    The first edition of The Observer, the world’s first Sunday newspaper, is published.
  • 1881
    The first edition of the Los Angeles Times is published.
  • 1918
    U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sails for the World War I peace talks in Versailles, becoming the first US president to travel to Europe while in office.
  • 1921
    The first Virginia Rappe manslaughter trial against Roscoe ‘Fatty’Arbuckle ends in a hung jury.
  • 1937
    The first issue of the children’s comic, The Dandy Comic, is published, one of the first to use speech balloons.
  • 1939
    World War II: HMS Nelson is struck by a mine (laid by GS U-31) off the Scottish coast and is laid up for repairs until August 1940.
  • 1942
    Holocaust: In Warsaw, Zofia Kossak-Szczucka and Wanda Krahelska-Filipowicz set up the Żegota organization.
  • 1942
    World War II: Carlson’s patrol during the Guadalcanal Campaign ends.
  • 1943
    World War II: U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt closes down the Works Progress Administration, because of the high levels of wartime employment in the United States.
  • 1971
    McGurk’s Bar bombing: An Ulster Volunteer Force bomb kills 15 civilians and wounds 17 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • 1971
    The Indian Navy attacks the Pakistan Navy and Karachi.
  • 1975
    Suriname joins the United Nations.
  • 1981
    South Africa grants independence to the Ciskei “homeland” (not recognized by any government outside South Africa).
  • 1984
    Hezbollah militants hijack a Kuwait Airlines plane, killing four passengers.
  • 1991
    Journalist Terry A. Anderson is released after 7 years in captivity as a hostage in Beirut. He is the last and longest-held American hostage in Lebanon.
  • 1993
    A truce is concluded between the government of Angola and UNITA rebels.
  • 1998
    The Unity Module, the second module of the International Space Station, is launched.
  • 2006
    An adult giant squid is caught on video for the first time by Tsunemi Kubodera near the Ogasawara Islands, 1,000 km south of Tokyo.

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